Indonesia morning news for August 30

Indonesia morning news for August 30

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia pledges $40 billion to modernize Jakarta ahead of new capital: minister
The Indonesian government is not abandoning Jakarta after announcing plans to move the country’s capital, its planning minister said, pledging to spend $40 billion to save the slowly sinking city in the next decade.
— Reuters

BI Governor Talks on Globalization’s Death,Rise of Digitalization
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo stated that there are a number of changes in the global spectrum in the past few years such as the shifting trend of globalization to digitalization which forces policymakers to constantly respond to the rapid changes.
— Tempo.co

Foreign investors flock to Indonesia
INDONESIA is fast becoming a favourite of foreign investors with the country receiving an all-time record high of US$29.3 billion in new foreign direct investment (FDI) in nearly 22,000 projects last year, a significant increase over the previous year.
— Business Times

The Indonesia-Netherlands tax treaty is one of Indonesia’s biggest tax leaks, new research shows
An in-depth analysis of court cases shows how the Dutch government is very reluctant to change its tax-friendly policies on multinationals and tax treaties, thus making it extremely difficult for developing countries like Indonesia to collect much-needed taxes.
— Open Democracy

Indonesia introduces new regulations
On July 2 2019, the Directorate General of Taxes (DGT) issued Regulation No. Per-13/PJ/2019 (PER-13) regarding certain documents treated as equivalent to tax invoices. PER-13 is effective from September 1 2019 and revokes the DGT’s previous regulation No. PER-10/PJ/2010, which has been amended several times, most recently by PER-33/PJ/2014.
— International Tax Review

Govt relaxes VAT refund requirements for foreign tourists
The government has relaxed the requirement for international tourists to claim a value added tax (VAT) refund for goods purchased in Indonesia, aiming at boosting tourism and encouraging small and medium enterprises to join the tax refund program.
— The Jakarta Post

Second Sergeant Rikson farewelled with full military honors on Friday
The coffin of fallen Indonesian soldier of the Sriwijaya Regional Military Command, who died while securing a massive demonstration in Deiyai District, Papua, Wednesday, will be buried at the Prabumulih Heroes Cemetery, South Sumatra, Friday.
— Antara News

Indonesia, ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific (Part 2 of 2)
Five years ago, on Oct. 20, 2014, in his inaugural speech, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared, “We have to work hard to rebuild Indonesia as a maritime nation.
— The Jakarta Post

Moving questions for Indonesia before relocating its capital
Home to more than 10 million people, Jakarta is one of the most congested cities in the world.
— The Straits Times

Jokowi’s green energy promise for new capital gets thumbs up
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s promise to use renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of the new capital city in East Kalimantan has received strong support from green energy advocates.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung Zoo destroys hundreds of preserved animals
The management of the Bandung Zoo in West Java intentionally destroyed most of the specimens in its collection of preserved animals by burning them on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildfires strike Indonesia’s Borneo Woodlands
Jakarta, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Police authorities are today investigating the causes of the forest fires that have raged across part of the island of Borneo, where the future capital of the country will be located.
— Prensa Latina

Protests in West Papua Have Turned Violent Amid an Internet Blackout. Here’s What to Know
Protests have gripped the Indonesian province of West Papua for more than a week as racial and political tensions boiled over into violence.
— Time

MUI fights back with legal challenge as govt takes over halal certification authority
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has gone to court to challenge the government’s authority to certify halal products, a move seen as an attempt by the organization to regain its decades-old control over the certification.
— The Jakarta Post

Who owns land in new capital city?
After the government confirmed plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital city to East Kalimantan, questions immediately began to immerge surrounding land ownership and the development of a 180,000-hectare compound in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies.
— The Jakarta Post

Police’s Smart Driver’s License Awaits BI License for Launching
National Police’s traffic unit is set to launch a new format of driver’s license dubbed Smart SIM on September 22, 2019. One of its flagship features is it can be used as electronic money.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia, Iran discuss refugee repatriation process
The governments of Indonesia and Iran deliberated on endeavors to repatriate Iranian refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia estimated to reach 363.
— Antara News

Indonesia Eyeing to Invest in Electric Vehicle Battery Cells
The Ministry of Industry announced that it is eyeing on the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry which is foreseen to constantly grow in the domestic market.
— Tempo.co

Riots flare in Papua’s capital, properties damaged
Rioting broke out in Papua’s capital of Jayapura on Thursday as thousands of protesters marched toward the Papua governor’s office from Sentani district.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Get your act right’, plaintiffs fume as government ignores air pollution hearing
Residents and activists have demanded that the government take seriously an air pollution lawsuit filed against it nearly two months ago by fed-up residents, as the legal proceedings have yet to move forward as the court keeps adjourning the hearing.
— The Jakarta Post

Maipark gathers earthquake data to help determine disaster insurance premiums
Reinsurance company PT Reasuransi Maipark Indonesia has installed borehole seismometers in seven places in Jakarta to gather information on earthquake risks and help insurance companies to determine disaster insurance premiums.
— The Jakarta Post

Crowdo teams up with rural banks to expand business in Bali
Crowdo, one of the major crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms in ASEAN, is collaborating with three secondary banks in Bali as part of its program to expand its business in the resort island.
— The Jakarta Post

Volume of subsidized LPG raised to 7.5 million metric tons
Government and House of Representatives agreed at a working meeting to a subsidized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) volume hike, from seven to 7.5 million metric tons, for three-kilogram cylinders in the draft 2020 state budget.
— Antara News

Australian arrested for sexual abusing 15 y.o. boy in East Java
Police in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java have arrested an Australian national, identified by his initials DL (38), after he was accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual relations with a minor.
— Coconuts

Indonesian students clinch 15 medals at World Skill Competition
Indonesian vocational students brought home 15 medals from the World Skill Competition (WSC) held in Kazan, Russia, held on August 22-27, 2019.
— Antara News

They gave water to protesters. Now they are on trial for being criminal accomplices
The impact of the postelection riots that crippled the capital on May 21 and 22 goes way beyond the number of fatalities and injured victims.
— The Jakarta Post

Watchdog Casts Doubt on Minister’s Promise to Curb Mining
The East Kalimantan Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM) openly doubts the commitment of Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan to curb the mining industry in Kalimantan, which he said is one of the reasons behind the capital city move.
— Tempo.co

Tariff Hike; Gojek, Grab Pledge to Set Up More Shelters
In line with the increase in online ojek tariff that will take effect for all Indonesian regions on September 2, the ride-hailing app firms Gojek and Grab have pledged to open up more shelters as an effort to curb congestion in Jakarta and its vicinity areas.
— Tempo.co

Greenpeace: Odd-Even Traffic Policy Must be Monitored 24 Hours
Greenpeace Indonesia’s climate and energy campaigner Bondan Ariyanu strongly suggests the Jakarta administration to constantly monitor the pollution level in real-time over city roads that apply the odd-even traffic policy for 24-hours.
— Tempo.co

Astra subsidiary to build Cipali toll road extension to Kertajati in 2020
Private toll road operator PT Lintas Marga Sedaya expects to kick off the construction of the Cikampek-Palimanan (Cipali) toll road extension to Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy ministry increases oil lifting target, lowers crude price estimate for 2020
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has revised Indonesia’s oil lifting target for next year to 755,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), up 2.86 percent from an initial target of 734,000 bpd.
— The Jakarta Post

Small vendors to open outlets in MRT stations on Thursday
City-owned PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta president director William Sabandar has said small enterprises will open outlets in MRT stations starting Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Wiranto Denies News about 6 Civilians Died in Deiyai, Papua Rally
Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, refuted viral news about six civilians died of bullet shot by law enforcers during a rally in Deiyai, Papua on Wednesday, August 28.
— Tempo.co

Rally leader named suspect of racially abusing Papuan students
Tri Susanti, the field coordinator of a protest that led to racist abuse against Papuan university students in Surabaya, East Java, has been named a suspect of hate speech, provocation and misinformation in relation to the incident.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt gets YouTube to block satirical West Papua ‘advertisement’
YouTube has blocked a satirical video about West Papua from being viewed in Indonesia following a “legal complaint from the government”.
— The Jakarta Post

Travel aboard, paying tuition fees by collecting trash made possible by North Jakarta waste bank
For Solihin, a 52-year-old man living in Koja District, North Jakarta, household waste is as precious as diamonds.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s underprivileged disabled get social assistance funds
Expenses incurred by families looking after their children with disabilities can sometimes become overwhelming as medical or other special treatments are often required.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan resistance grows against Jakarta
Papuan demands for a referendum on self-determination have gained widespread momentum amid fears of civilian casualties in restive Papua and West Papua provinces, where a government-imposed internet blackout is in place following a wave of protests triggered by racial abuse against Papuan students in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Nonnatives consider conflict-struck Papua home and intend to stay
For some non-natives and their descendants, Papua is where they live in harmony with indigenous people despite religious and ethnic differences.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java mulls plan to relocate provincial capital city from Bandung
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has announced that his administration and the West Java Legislative Council (DPRD) are mulling a recently proposal to relocate the province’s capital city from Bandung.
— The Jakarta Post

​​​​​​​Unlicensed buildings demolished in Puncak
Some 53 unlicensed buildings in Naringgul village in Cisarua, part of the Puncak resort in Bogor, West Java, were demolished by the regency’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Innovation Room gives young talent free place to work, grow
A year ago, the Manpower Ministry turned a parking lot in one of its offices in South Jakarta into a start-up development and talent hub, later called the Innovation Room.
— The Jakarta Post

Woman, son allegedly hire hitmen to murder husband, stepson over Rp 10b debt
The police have arrested a woman alleged to be behind the murder of Jakarta residents identified as father and son Edi Chandra Purnama, 54 and M. Adi Pradana, 23, whose bodies were found in a burning car in Cidahu, Sukabumi, West Java on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Kediri man kicks out own father, wins home ownership in court
Yantoro, an 80-year-old resident of Ngadiwulih district in Kediri regency, East Java, has had to leave the house he had lived in for decades after losing a land ownership dispute to his own son.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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